Summary of What Makes Us Feel Good About Work

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What Makes Us Feel Good About Work summary
A paycheck is nice, but people work harder and better when the job means something.


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In this enlightening TED Talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely shares his experiments and findings about what motivates today’s workers. Merely issuing a paycheck won’t keep people energized, explains Ariely. getAbstract considers this a lecture that will motivate business leaders and employees alike.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What motivates workers,
  • Why job satisfaction increases with difficulty level and
  • How leaders can use these results to energize their workforce.


The assumption that people work only for a paycheck is inaccurate.
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About the Speaker

Dan Ariely is an author and behavioral economics professor at Duke University.

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